Once we understand the concept of microstock, let’s look at how to “take advantage” of this business. All we need is a camera, a computer and an internet connection. The most important thing is to be clear that, although we are not professionals, the level of quality that we must offer to the agencies has to be of good level, if not, our images will be rejected again and again. Microstock agencies do not only accept photographs, but also vectors, video, audio, logos, 3D models, etc.
But before we can sell our photos, we usually have to pass a quality test. The agency in question will ask us to upload from 3 to 10 photos to evaluate the level. We will send the best and if possible different themes or styles to show that we are photographers with resources. Once we have accepted our request as a “content contributor”, all that is left is to start uploading images for review and subsequent sale to third parties.
Because the photographs are subject to intellectual property rights, agencies will ask us to send a document that proves that we really are who we say we are, so you must have at hand an ID card, passport or driver’s license scanned to upload it to the web.
The flow of sales and commissions will obviously depend on the quality of our portfolio. The microstock mixes totally amateur photographers, medium amateurs and great professionals. That’s why the income varies a lot. They can go from 50 euros a month to several thousand.